The monarch explained that yam barns owned by his subjects had been destroyed by the invaders, who cut tubers of yam to feed their cattle and also to the destruction of other economic crops, including cassava.
As a result of the herders’ menace, my subjects have abandoned their farms for fear of being kidnapped, killed, or raped says Abavo Kingdom traditioner ruler.
“To forestall breakdown of law and order in the community, a stakeholders’ meeting was held at my palace sometime ago where it was agreed that peace and order should reign between the herders and the host community.
“At the stakeholders’ meeting, attended by the police, the DSS, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Indigenes, Alhaji Murkta; the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, the leader of the Miyetti Allah in Ika South and Ika North East and the Ika South council chairman, the herders promised to be of good conduct.”
The traditional ruler noted that the engagement with the Fulani herdsmen had proved contrary, adding that their activities had caused security breach in the community.
He took a step by appealing to the state government, the police and other security agencies for quicken intervention to avert a breakdown of law and order in the agrarian community as the whereabouts of the two missing indigenes of the kingdom was still unknown.
Obi Uche Irenuma said a state of emergency should be declared in Abavo following the terror that was being unleashed on the people by Fulani herdsmen.
“For the past three months, farmers cannot go to their farms; the ones that have yam barns on their farms, the tubers of yam are being eaten by the cattle of the herders,”